Copyright Infringement and French Presidential Elections

by Tamera H. BennettPosted February 25, 2009

Just this week I posted an update here on the dispute between Jackson Browne and John McCain over the use of the song "Running On Empty" in a campaign ad.

The issue of using songs without permission in political campaigns has now moved to France.  US indie band MGMT has demanded compensation from French President Nicolas Sarkozy's party for using their hit "Kids" without permission at rallies and in advertisements.

Some would say this is great timing...other's would say bad timing for this to be exposed. In two weeks a new anti-filesharing bill is scheduled to be presented to the French national assembly.